The boy and I got to spend another week in June this year at the state park, and just like last year, we had lots of fun. Since my boy was just over the age limit to participate in the summer ranger program this time, he signed up as more of a volunteer, and just like years past, so did I. Only this time, I was really a helper and not just one of the moms standing by.
I think there were more things to see this year than the last couple of times we attended. Several emergency vehicles from all around the area showed up, and a helicopter even dropped on by for one morning. It was really neat how all of the visitors were very accepting of making this a hands on experience. The helicopter pilot even let all of the children have a seat in the cockpit. If it were me, I would be very concerned about all of those little hands wanting to touch the buttons, but these guys were very patient and let whoever wanted to, have a look around. The same went with all of the other operators in attendance. Getting to climb in and around all of the vehicles I’m sure made it very memorable for all the children.
There was also canoeing, hiking, and some animal encounters. Plus one day was spent helping out around the park – paintbrushes in hand. This part may have turned out to have been a bad idea afterwards because several of the kids thought painting each other was more fun than painting a retaining wall. I sure hope their parents were not too upset with what they ended up taking home – oops!
All in all it was a great week and my only regret was not getting enough pictures to post up on the blog. Since I was more of a helper this year, I didn’t have as much free time to sit by and take a lot of photos. I did get several to remember it all by, but not a lot for my post. The boy did approve of this one of him (he’s a
picky teenager now, you know), so here he is with one of the emergency vehicles we got to see.
That’s it from me for this week. It was a busy one indeed, and we truly had a very fun filled first week of summer. Hope everyone has a great weekend!